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Could LeBron handle being Number Three (or worse) in New York?



LeBron James, the Cleveland man who made a Yankee cap more famous than either a Yankee or Jay-Z could, skipped out on the Yankees 27th World Series Victory Parade Friday. Too bad. It probably could have helped him make that decision everybody wants him to make: stay with the Cavs, or become a Knick?
Seeing the floats carrying the Yanks through the "Canyon of Heroes" of Manhattan while being showered with ticker tape and other paper products might have given LeBron a major epiphany that he probably needs to know before he makes his decision: If he goes to New York, he in all probability will never be number one there.
Basketball may be the sport of the streets in NYC, but baseball is king nevertheless. And whatever Yankee is the star player on the team will be the number one athlete in the city barring a major shift in fortunes. Right now, don't expect that to happen anytime soon.
When Patrick Ewing was taking the Knicks to the playoffs in the 90's, the Yankees were awakening from their fifteen or so odd slumber of mediocrity. Even before that time, baseball ruled the headlines. The manager merry-go-round stole headlines from other sports and the chaos surrounding George Steinbrenner knew no bounds.
If LeBron bolted for the Knicks ,or even (perish the thought!) the Nets, he would have to be content with being no better than Number Three in NYC, behind Jeter and A*Rod. And if Eli Manning got the Giants back to the Super Bowl, he could possible drop to Number Four. Or lower, depending on what other Yankee takes New York's fancy.
Could LeBron James handle not being the center of attention? It arguably has it's benefits. But if the argument for leaving Cleveland for New York is better visibility then he might be in for a shock. New York pays more attention to the Yankees, and arguably, so does America.

(via Ball Don't Lie)


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LeBron James, the Cleveland man who made a Yankee cap more famous than either a Yankee or Jay-Z could, skipped out on the Yankees 27th World Series Victory Parade Friday. Too bad. It probably could have helped him make that decision everybody wants him to make: stay with the Cavs, or become a Knick?
Seeing the floats carrying the Yanks through the "Canyon of Heroes" of Manhattan while being showered with ticker tape and other paper products might have given LeBron a major epiphany that he probably needs to know before he makes his decision: If he goes to New York, he in all probability will never be number one there.
Basketball may be the sport of the streets in NYC, but baseball is king nevertheless. And whatever Yankee is the star player on the team will be the number one athlete in the city barring a major shift in fortunes. Right now, don't expect that to happen anytime soon.
When Patrick Ewing was taking the Knicks to the playoffs in the 90's, the Yankees were awakening from their fifteen or so odd slumber of mediocrity. Even before that time, baseball ruled the headlines. The manager merry-go-round stole headlines from other sports and the chaos surrounding George Steinbrenner knew no bounds.
If LeBron bolted for the Knicks ,or even (perish the thought!) the Nets, he would have to be content with being no better than Number Three in NYC, behind Jeter and A*Rod. And if Eli Manning got the Giants back to the Super Bowl, he could possible drop to Number Four. Or lower, depending on what other Yankee takes New York's fancy.
Could LeBron James handle not being the center of attention? It arguably has it's benefits. But if the argument for leaving Cleveland for New York is better visibility then he might be in for a shock. New York pays more attention to the Yankees, and arguably, so does America.

(via Ball Don't Lie)



Posted originally: 2009-11-06 18:53:00